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What is the formal process to amend the US Constitution?

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2012-02-05 19:42:26
2012-02-05 19:42:26

When an amendment to the constitution is proposed, it must be passed by both houses of the Congress by a two-thirds majority. Then it goes on to be passed by either the legislatures or conventions in the states, where it must be ratified by 3/4 of them.

A second method (never used) is to get 2/3 of the legislatures of the states to call for a constitutional convention at which one or more amendments are proposed. If passed, any and all amendments from this convention would then have to be passed by 3/4 of the state legislatures or conventions again.

The convention method has never been used to propose an amendment. It has been used to ratify one, which was the 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th Amendment, which was national prohibition.

(The "informal method" indicates that the meaning of the Constitution can be changed without the text being altered. This is done judicially.)

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